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AOC Quits Facebook, Calls Social Media 'Public Health Risk'

She's also trying to cut back on Twitter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2019 5:38 AM CDT
In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019 photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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(Newser) – The youngest member of Congress is known for being social media savvy, but she's decided to break her Facebook habit. "I personally gave up Facebook, which was kind of a big deal because I started my campaign on Facebook," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the Yahoo News "Skullduggery" podcast Sunday. "And Facebook was my primary digital organizing tool for a very long time. I gave up on it." The 29-year-old Democrat added: "Social media poses a risk to everybody," from young children to older people. "I think it has effects on everybody," she said. "Increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism."

She said that while she has given up personal use of Facebook, her team still operates pages including a political account created two years ago and her official congressional account, CNN reports. Ocasio-Cortez is still active on Instagram and Twitter, and said she writes all her own posts on those platforms. She told the podcast she is trying to "impose little rules" to cut back on the time she spends on Twitter, especially on weekends, USA Today reports. "I’m not, like, scrolling through trying to read everything online that journalists are writing on weekends," she said. "I try to do that during the workweek." (Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)

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